Sport Captain Cordner's dash at NSW history

14:35  19 june  2017
14:35  19 june  2017 Source:   MSN

State of Origin: New South Wales Blues name the same 17 players for Game II

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Boyd Cordner can etch his name into State of Origin folklore on Wednesday, as the first NSW player since 20014 to win the series in their maiden year as captain.

If the Blues are successful on home soil on Wednesday night, Cordner will join an exclusive list.

Fellow Taree product Danny Buderus is the most recent, while Geoff Toovey (1997), Laurie Daley (1992), Ben Elias (1990) and Wayne Pearce (1986) were also successful in their first attempts.

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  Daley not buying talk Maroons are in transition period All the talk following the announcement of Queensland’s team for Origin II has been about the players who won’t be there next Wednesday night, but NSW coach Laurie Daley is focused on four Maroons superstars who will be. Seven Maroons players have been axed after the 28-4 loss in Game 1, including long-serving veteran Sam Thaiday, in a clear sign Queensland selectors are looking to the future.But Daley’s focus in on returning veterans Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, who will reunite with Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk to form a lethal Maroons spine, for the must-win clash at ANZ Stadium.

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Boyd admitted on Monday the nerves were starting to kick in ahead of the potentially series-clinching clash, after he only became a co-captain at the Sydney Roosters this year.

"Obviously there's a lot more pressure being the captain of your state than the captain of your club," Cordner told Sky Sports Radio.

NSW State of Origin player Boyd Cordner poses for a team photograph © AAP Image/Paul Miller NSW State of Origin player Boyd Cordner poses for a team photograph

"Everything you say or do comes under a lot more scrutiny which I've learnt to live with."

Buderus, who was in Cordner's shoes after he won the first game in 2004, said it was important to ensure nothing changed from the series opener.

"He'd be excited, he'd be looking forward to getting into the same headspace as game one and not changing anything," Buderus told AAP.

"The way they prepared, trained for 10-15 minutes in the captain's run, that sounds like a confident leader and someone who knows the ability of his team."

Buderus has been particularly impressed with the early stages of Cordner's leadership.

At just 25, numerous NSW teammates have spoken about his lead-from-the-front approach in Blues camp in the past week.

Buderus said it was something he had already seen on the field.

"Boyd definitely does lead with his actions," Buderus said.

"Whenever someone needs to have a tough run he's the one to do it; or if anyone needs to come up with some sort of leadership, you can see with his actions he does it."

How NSW went from no-hopers to no-brainers with the news of Johnathan Thurston's omission .
No Johnathan Thurston, no hope. That was certainly the case in game one when the Blues humiliated the Maroons in their own backyard to take a 1-0 series lead. But even with one arm and plenty of cobwebs after an extended period on the sidelines, Thurston showed in game two just how much he means to Queensland.He makes average footballers in his own team good, and good footballers on the opposing side look average. Which is why, as news of Thurston's season-ending injury broke, NSW went from no-hopers to win the series to favourites, in the eyes of the bookies at least.

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